Yearly Archives: 2018


“The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not `What a lovely sermon!’ but `I will do something.’”                                                                      Francis de Sales After sitting through a long and tedious sermon on Sunday morning, a six-year-old boy asked his father what the preacher did the rest of the […]

Sermon: “A Sermon on Sermons”


I really appreciate what BJ shared during the Children’s Time this morning, about the `circle of the church.’ It makes an important point about the beliefs, the values and principles that get passed down – transmitted from one generation to the next – and which defines our faith and our […]

Sermon: Faith of our Fathers




I am writing this article from the observer’s gallery of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA); where thousands of Presbyterians from around the world have gathered on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi under the shadow of the Gateway to the Midwest in St. Louis, Missouri to […]

Pastor’s Journal


CHORALES: A PREMIERE EVENT @ 1st Presbyterian Church, 27 Albany St, Cazenovia, NY — Benjamin J. Lake Memorial Concert in conjunction with Cazenovia Counterpoint This is a FREE event! The program features the world premiere of “Chorale”, a commissioned work by Cornell composer Kevin Ernste paying tribute to the late […]

Ben Lake Memorial Concert


A Vermont farmer was sitting on the porch with his wife. As he sat there, he started realizing just how much she meant to him. And it was about time—they had been married for forty-two years; and she had been such a huge help to him, a tireless worker, and […]

Sermon: Created to Praise



In the first congregation I served, in Cleveland, there were these two extremely elderly gentlemen – both widowers – who would always sit together in worship on Sunday morning. I remember distinctly, in the middle pew section, just about six rows back from the chancel/pulpit. And I can see their […]

Sermon: RESTORING SABBATH



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One of my college art professors at Wichita State University, who grew up on a farm outside of St. Louis, told me that the first time he drove into Kansas he was fascinated by the fact that all the trees and vegetation were leaning toward the north. “It really baffled […]

Sermon: Listening to the Wind



It seems a mama possum was trundling along with her babies clinging to her back when a hungry carpet python decided that her journey was just a “moveable feast.” The python grabbed one of the defenseless (and delectable) babies off of mama’s back, sure that it had snagged itself an […]

Sermon: One Fierce Love